Friday, October 12, 2007

this just in: Nobel committee uses paper ballots

After learning this morning that Al Gore is the co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, officially sharing his victory with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, everybody is asking the same question:

Will the Supreme Court intervene and give the award to George W. Bush?

Well, assuming that they don’t, let’s ponder some other questions: Taking into account this year’s prize for work on global warming, and Dr. Wangari Maathai’s 2004 win for her contributions to sustainable development, does environmentalism now equal peace? And, considering that the IPCC is a group dedicated to nailing down the science of climate change, is promoting verifiable fact now an act of peace-making?

Considering how many wars are fought over scarce resources such as food, water, or arable land, the answer to the first question is a rather obvious “yes.” Considering the pro-pollution lobby’s work to prevaricate, misinform, and deny the inconvenient truths about what their backers are doing to the planet, and considering the assault on reason perpetrated by the polluters’ cronies in Congress and the White House, the answer to the second question is unfortunately just as obvious.

(cross-posted to Daily Kos)

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